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Sunday 24 July 2005

Earthquake and Tsunami Alert - Andaman Islands

An Earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale, with its epicentre 135 kms west of Car Nicobar has been reported. Tremors felt in the Andaman Islands, and Vishakhapatnam and Chennai. Tsunami alert in the Indian Ocean sounded by Thailand - but thankfully, the 1-1.5 hour period in which there is a rise in the level of sea and waves might have occurred is past, without any disaster. Kapil Sibal, Minister for Science and Technology says that India is therefore not issuing a tsunami warning.

Officials in Port Blair say no damage or loss to life or property has been reported, and there is no need to panic.
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